Kodachrome Song

Imagine a film stock so elevated in the culture that it merited a song by Paul Simon.

When I think back on all the crap I learned in high school

It’s a wonder I can think at all

And though my lack of education hasn’t hurt me none

I can read the writing on the wall

I learned a lot in high school, just not in the classroom. Most of it happened down the hill from my school in the newsroom of The Alton Telegraph.


They give us those nice bright colors

Give us the greens of summers

Makes you think all the world’s a sunny day, oh yeah

I got a Nikon camera

I love to take a photograph

So mama, don’t take my Kodachrome away

This may sound like heresy, but the colors of that film turn me off. To say I’m not a fan is an understatement.

Hey mama, tell the camera store I want some Fujicolor!

This portrait was captured on a non-Kodak film stock, but the digital treatment was made to look like Kodachrome. 

It might resonate with you, but I prefer something else.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.